THERE’S no treatment and there’s no effective medication, but two Tamworth families united by a debilitating disease are on a quest to find a cure for their loved ones.
Megan Yeo has organised a gala fundraising evening at Tamworth Town Hall for her father Graham and family friend of more than 30 years Daryl Bath, who were diagnosed with motor neurone disease in early 2012.
The ‘Champs, Cramps and Challenges Gala Evening’ has already been warmly welcomed by the community in its first edition. Ms Yeo said all 290 tickets to the ball sold out in 20 minutes.
This is Ms Yeo’s first crack at a fundraising ball, but she was aiming high from the start and she says $50,000 is a realistic fundraising total.
“Every net dollar raised is going towards MND research,” Ms Yeo said.
The funds will be donated the Macquarie University hospital research department, led by Professor Dominic Rowe, who is also the neurologist for Mr Yeo and Mr Bath.
“This isn’t just a Bath-Yeo event,” she said.
“Lots of people have been touched by this disease and the emotional side of it is pretty catastrophic.”
Ms Yeo says the families have been overwhelmed by the support from the Tamworth community for the gala night.
She said the level of support shown throughout Tamworth could see more events organised in the future.
There are no more tickets available for the ball, but people can still donate and register online for the silent auction at www.galabid.com/auction/champs
Money raised from the Twin Peaks challenge on Saturday will also be donated to MND research.